CD To Kill a Mockingbird [Varese] (CD 142128),
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To Kill a Mockingbird [Varese]

  • 1. Main Title
    2. Remember Mama
    3. Atticus Accepts The Case / Roll In The Tire
    4. Creepy Caper / Peek-A-Boo
    5. Ewell's Hatred
    6. Jem's Discovery
    7. Tree Treasure
    8. Lynch Mob
    9. Guilty Verdict
    10. Ewell Regret It
    11. Footsteps in the Dark
    12. Assault in the Shadows
    13. Boo Who?
    14. End Title
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 5754

  • Credits

    All tracks have been digitally remastered.
    Original score written by Elmer Bernstein.
    This is part of the Varese Sarabande Film Classics series.
    Two years after his lauded work on John Sturges's sweeping Western THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, composer Elmer Bernstein created the music for TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, a 1962 film adaptation of Harper Lee's beloved literary classic. In contrast to the former movie's majestic sound, Bernstein's score for MOCKINGBIRD (which won a Golden Globe Award and was nominated for an Oscar) is appropriately subtle and nuanced, with most tracks featuring delicate woodwind-and-string passages. The "Main Title" is dreamy and pensive, yet slightly foreboding at times, expertly evoking the story's larger themes. Poignant pieces such as "Remember Mama" and "Jem's Discovery" successfully convey the film's emotional weight, while more urgent songs ("Tree Treasure," "Assault in the Shadows") perfectly echo its most suspenseful moments. Though not as immediately striking as his soundtracks for THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN and THE GREAT ESCAPE, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD is a prime example of Bernstein at his understated best.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (10/12/01, p.44) - Ranked #90 in EW's "100 Best Movie Soundtracks" - "...The unsurpassable template for just about every wistful and gently melodic Spielberg movie score ever."
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